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Old 09-03-2006, 03:41 PM   #196
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A Day Later, Agassi’s 5-Setter Has Painful Repercussions

Play resumed yesterday at the United States Open, with the fresh memory of Andre Agassi’s five-set, late-night victory over Marcos Baghdatis still sparking conversation as the forehands and backhands zipped and dipped over the nets.

But while spectators shook their heads and searched for superlatives, and players like James Blake made sartorial tributes on court, Agassi was nowhere to be seen at Flushing Meadows.

“I think he appreciates how great the match was, but he is also in a lot of pain,” his manager and close friend, Perry Rogers, said.

According to Rogers, Agassi was far too sore and stiff to practice after his 3-hour-48-minute second-round thriller that started Thursday evening and ended well after midnight.

Instead, Rogers said, Agassi spent the day resting, most of it in a horizontal position. He was given an anti-inflammatory injection in the afternoon to deal with the back pain. The pain had made it impossible for him to reach the exit of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from the locker room after the match without stopping and lying on his back for a three-minute rest.

“It was awful,” Rogers said. “It was so bad that he had to lie down in the back of the car.”

Brad Gilbert, Agassi’s former coach, said, “Maybe he was just looking at the stars.’’

Agassi should have ample time for stargazing and other recreational activities after he finishes this tournament, which he has said will be the last of his 21-year career. But for now, his focus is firmly on trying to prepare his 36-year-old body for his third-round match against the qualifier Benjamin Becker of Germany.

“Believe me, I’ll exhaust all possibilities short of taking too many risks for long term,” Agassi said after beating Baghdatis. “I do want to make sure I give myself the best look here, but I don’t want to compromise the rest of my life.”

Rogers and Gilbert, who spoke with Agassi by telephone yesterday, said they believed that Agassi would be able to play his next match, scheduled for this afternoon.

Agassi has had at least six cortisone injections in his lower back in the past two seasons. According to Rogers, Agassi has had three this season: one in March, one in July after Wimbledon and one Tuesday after his first-round victory over Andrei Pavel.

“We don’t worry about the long term, because the doctors say this all the time, that it won’t have any long-term effects,” Rogers said. “You want him to leave every ounce of himself out on the court.”

Dr. Robert Gotlin, the director of orthopedics and sports rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, said, “Typically, you can get three of those every six months and certainly be in the window of safety for an average person.”

Agassi has had three cortisone injections within that window, and although it is unlikely, he might decide to risk one more during this tournament if he continues to advance.

“Typically, you want to wait five to six days before the second one,” Gotlin said. “Typically, these injections kick in the first or second day and peak out the third and fourth day. The problem is the next couple days after that is when you’re typically in a low point.”

The potential low point is near, although yesterday’s anti-inflammatory treatment, which was not a cortisone shot, could provide further relief. Agassi is scheduled to play today, but the forecast is for heavy rain, which is expected to move the match to tomorrow.

Gilbert is not so certain a delay will be beneficial: if the match against Becker is moved to tomorrow and Agassi were to win, he would have to play again Monday.

“What he wants to avoid are back-to-back matches,” Gilbert said.

As surprising as it is that Agassi has managed to reach the third round despite a bad back, a bad season and a bad draw, it is nearly as surprising that Becker is there with him. His name and home country sound familiar, but his ranking of 112, his smallish physique and his understated demeanor bear little resemblance to the Becker who was once among Agassi’s major rivals.

Benjamin Becker, no relation to the 1989 Open champion Boris, was ranked outside the top 1,000 a year ago and was losing early in satellite tournaments.

But with the help of Andy Roddick’s former coach, Tarik Benhabiles, he has made a big move at an age when most players have already made theirs. Becker, 25, played tennis at Baylor University in Waco, Tex., and now splits his training time between Waco and Miami.

“It’s a dream come true,” Becker said of facing Agassi. “I was watching the match and obviously I was kind of hoping he would win, because it’s the last time you get a chance to play him. I grew up watching him play. He was an idol for me.”

Agassi was also a reference point for Baghdatis, the 21-year-old from Cyprus who pushed Agassi to the limit. Baghdatis rallied from a two-set deficit and might have finished off the comeback if he had not started having severe leg cramps at 4-4 in the fifth set.

Baghdatis said he had never cramped to that degree in a match. Although Agassi’s father, Mike, offered Baghdatis his condolences and a vial of anti-cramping medication outside their hotel in Midtown Manhattan yesterday afternoon, Baghdatis said he cramped because of emotion, not fatigue.

The emotion was still hard to shake after the match. Baghdatis burst into tears as he entered the locker room, where he and Agassi were soon laid out on adjacent tables to receive treatment.

“They were lying there, slapping each other’s hand,” Guillaume Peyre, Baghdatis’s coach, said. “They both looked close to dead.”

Later, Baghdatis and his coaches and friends walked through the streets of Manhattan near Times Square, rehashing the match and the moment, until 4:30 a.m.

“It felt like a final,” Peyre said.

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Old 09-03-2006, 11:08 PM   #197
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Go to read his press conference, he seems happy

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Here's a nice article. Don't know if anyone has posted it yet:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/tennis...home-headlines
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Here's a nice article. Don't know if anyone has posted it yet:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/tennis...home-headlines
very good article. thanx
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Please post the link that has a collection of all of Andre Agassi's interviews from various tournaments.
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Please post the link that has a collection of all of Andre Agassi's interviews from various tournaments.

http://asapsports.com/tennis/000AB/AgassiAndre.html

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more nice articles:

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_ho...s/9686006.html

AS HARD AS IT IS FOR POLITICIANS, REP. SHELLEY BERKLEY declined to shake hands all last week so as not to spread a bad cold. But when it came to Andre Agassi, she just couldn't help herself.

After introducing the tennis star at a reception Thursday to promote the Nevada minimum wage ballot initiative, Berkley turned and gave Agassi a big hug. According to several people who were there, Agassi stepped aside in mock-horror. "You won't shake hands with anybody but you give me a hug?"

After the laughter died down, Berkley came back: "The germs are in my hands but my arms are OK."
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Agassi partnering with luxury travel group

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Agassi Enjoying Life in Retirement So Far

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Something to look forward to:
LAS VEGAS JOURNAL/NORM CLARKE...
--Barbara Walters, interviewing Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf inside
Pure (Caesars Palace) on Saturday afternoon for an upcoming special.
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"It starts as a passion, as the first and foremost thing," said Andre Agassi of his new development company, founded with wife Steffi Graf. "Then it's about affecting people's lives for more than a few hours. I want to affect people's lives for years to come."

To hear Agassi spin it, his career in real estate sprang up in sharp contrast to his previous life as a tennis star. Waxing almost elegiac at the ripe age of 36, Agassi manages to sound like former President Jimmy Carter helping build housing for the homeless.

But, of course, the difference is that the homes Agassi and Graf are building are not for the have-nots but the "have-a-whole-lots." Agassi Graf Development LLC, to quote his PR materials, "is a real estate development company focused on the creation of luxury, resort and lifestyle-oriented offerings in partnership with the industry's leading developers and brands."

In the past 18 months, the husband-and-wife team has embarked on developing an ambitious luxury resort with Miami's Bay View Financial and Fairmont Hotel in, of all places, the mountains 90 minutes north of Boise, Idaho, near Lake Cascade. Tamarack Resort, as the project is called, will include a hotel, ski slopes, a resort and spa, a golf course and 50 luxury villas as well as 285 units. (The estimated price for a one-bedroom condo begins at $800,000.) Last week, the couple also announced a partnership with Exclusive Resorts -- a luxury residence club -- to develop residences and accompanying tennis and swimming clubs. (The company will host a private sales event in San Francisco Oct. 11.) The relationship between celebrities and real estate is a long if not always venerable one. When real estate developer Frank Devendorf advertised his little town called Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1910 as a sanctuary for "artists, poets and writers," it was part of a concerted PR campaign. Devendorf had purposely sold off lots at deep discounts to names with cultural cachet like Sinclair Lewis and Mary Austin to attract real buyers.

Now the most typical celebrity/developer association involves an unspoken quid pro quo: Celebrities lend their names to a given development in exchange for a discount on a condo or club membership. Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported on an arrangement between Naomi Campbell and Cipriani Club Residences in New York that allowed the model's name and image to be used in exchange for an undisclosed discount on her luxury condo. Earlier this year, country star George Jones became the national spokesman for Ronnie Gilley Properties LLC, a real estate company that was building the Legends, a residential community of manors mixed with more affordable garden homes in Enterprise, Ala., where Jones would have a home.

But real estate, especially recently, has also beckoned celebrities in more substantial ways. This month, Shaquille O'Neal said he was starting a real estate development company to create mixed-use projects in the Northeast, Los Angeles, South Florida and Louisiana. The O'Neal Group's first project involves a billion-dollar complex including more than 1,100 residential units, an office tower, a luxury hotel, an entertainment complex, a fitness center and a Whole Foods store.

Real estate development would seem a perfect investment tool for celebrities whose branding can help sell projects and whose access to capital can help finance them. But even the most auspicious real estate/celeb combinations don't always work out. In June, George Clooney sold his interest in a failed $3 billion condo-casino project in Las Vegas that would have perfectly embodied Clooney's well-burnished movie star image: a vintage martini casino. The project fell apart financially before it ever broke ground, and Clooney, expressing disappointment, donated the profit from the sale to the African Debt Relief Project.

Indeed, with a softening market in a relatively unknown destination like Cascade Lake, there's no guarantee that Agassi and Graf's brainchild will fare any better. The closest airport is down a mountain road to Boise. And though the area has grown substantially in the past few years, it's never been a place that could command New York real estate prices.

Financial risks notwithstanding, for many ambitious stars with more money and ideas than they can cram into their original profession, real estate development offers an irresistibly broad canvas. Not only can they invest their money, but they can invent a little bit of the world.

For their part, Agassi and Graf seem more committed than the typical celebrity real estate investors. They are real developers, lending not only their money but their vision to the design of the community. When asked what their next development project will be after Tamarack, Agassi hinted that he sees all his work -- even hitting the tennis ball -- as a form of communication with the public. "It took me years to communicate myself on the tennis court," he said. "I don't imagine I'll learn (real estate development) overnight."

In a sense, this explains Agassi's rather grand pronouncements about his desire to affect people's lives "for years to come." As a brand name, he's been blessed with the gift of influence, a force he can direct in a million ways. After years of watching a tennis ball fly across a net, it's not surprising that he's attracted to something as deep and abiding as place making.

But Andre, I don't want to rain on your resort, but do we really need more pristine natural areas developed as luxury destinations with golf courses and exclusive residences?

Honestly, the Agassi-Graf undertaking leaves me torn. On the one hand, in an era of environmental crisis and the rich snapping up real estate like candy at a kid's birthday party, there must be better ways to build a legacy than luxury lifestyle development.

On the other hand, I'm rooting for their success because of Agassi's philanthropic track record. Like Clooney, Agassi is one celebrity who may leverage his real estate largesse in the best possible way. Known as the most charitable of tennis pros, his Agassi Foundation has given some $60 million to support at-risk youth in his hometown of Las Vegas, including the founding of a charter school for underprivileged kids.

No doubt that will affect people's lives far longer than even the loveliest of getaways.
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does someone can make a transcript when that special with Barbara Walters airs?
Please because i can´t see it here in germany
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SIGHTINGs

Andre Agassi sipping Cristal rose champagne with 2006 U.S. Open runner-up Andy Roddick and 1998 U.S. Open runner-up Mark Philippoussis at the bar at N9ne Steakhouse (Palms) on Friday
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